Acid Reflux

Acid reflux occurs when acidic stomach contents flow back up into the oesophagus (the tube that connects your throat to your stomach).  A ring of muscle normally acts as a one-way valve to stop this happening but,  sometimes this valve doesn’t function properly.

  • Acid reflux can affect people of all ages
  • Frequent acid reflux may mean you have gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a variety of factors that can make acid reflux worse. For example, this condition often occurs after eating a big meal, eating too quickly or drinking coffee or alcohol. Other known triggers include obesity, smoking, pregnancy and certain medications.

Lifestyle changes can help you manage occasional bouts of acid reflux. Try to lose any excess weight, eat smaller meals, avoid lying down after eating and don’t snack before bedtime.

It can also help to avoid foods that can trigger acid reflux, such as fried, fatty or spicy foods. Cutting out alcohol and tobacco can help too.

You may also want to try raising the head of your bed by around 10cm to 20cm. This elevates your chest and head above the level of your waist, and this can reduce the chance of stomach acid moving up your oesophagus towards your throat. 

It is important to be aware that untreated, persistent acid reflux or GORD can lead to serious complications in the long term. You can talk to our experienced and highly trained pharmacists about your possible heartburn triggers and receive clinical advice on the best way to treat your symptoms.

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